Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Harley Davidson 1936 Knucklehead WIP

This week's Drawing WIP has a bit more progress to speak of than previous. Some might even say it is close to finished.

This week I've got a vintage Harley to show off. It's a 1936 Knucklehead that really caught my eye and I thought, hmm yeah I wanna draw that. Here is the original outline.

Drawing WIP: 1936 Harley Davidson Knucklehead

That then gets scanned at 600 DPI before being taken into PhotoShop. Then it's reprinted onto high quality Bristol Board.

Once I have the outline, I scan that again after going over it another time for a thicker outline, (I use those scanned images on the back of each card, you might have noticed?).

Then it's printed A3 Graphic Series Bristol Board card stock, which is intended for airbrushing but works really well with my main medium, Copic Markers. This is then the final piece I'll work on until it's done (or set fire, torn up, binned etc).

Then I do a colour study, caerefully matching all of the colours on the photograph, plotting em out and making sure I have everything I need pen/ink/paint/text wise, 'cause once I start and get into a flow, I don't like being disturbed or stopping. It's getting there.

Once the base colours are down, I keep on building and adding layer upon layer of colour.

And more layers. I find I need to keep adding layers to darken the tyres... and the Posca Pens come out and start doing highlights and accents later. But I gotta say, I'm not feeling it. I don't see the depth I wanted and that engine block is a mess, can't say it even looks like a Knucklehead.

The final touch is a thick fat outline around the final piece, and accents.

I hope you are enjoying the WIP process, would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

Updated 14 Sept, 2016

Was very happy to finish this one off with some highlights before taking it into Photoshop and then sending it off to the printers. Check out the final product on the Daily Bikers Store.

Until next time, just ride.